en-de  Anne of Green Gables /Chapter XIV Medium
14. Kapitel


Annes Geständnis.


Am Montagabend vor dem Picknick kam Marilla mit einem beunruhigten Gesichtsausdruck aus ihrem Zimmer herunter.

"Anne", sagte sie zu dieser kleinen Persönlichkeit, die Erbsen am fleckenlosen Tisch schälte und "Nelly of the Hazel Dell" mit einer Kraft und einem Ausdruck sang, der Dianas Unterricht alle Ehre machte: "hast du nicht irgendwas von meiner Amethystbrosche gesehen? Ich dachte, ich hätte sie in mein Nadelkissen gesteckt, als ich gestern Abend von der Kirche nach Hause kam, aber ich kann sie nirgendwo finden."

"Ich-ich sah sie, als du heute Nachmittag beim Wohltätigkeitsverein warst", sagte Anne etwas langsam. "Ich kam gerade an deiner Tür vorbei, als ich sie auf dem Kissen sah, so ging ich hinein, um sie mir anzuschauen."

"Hast du sie angefasst?" fragte Marilla streng.

"Ja-aa", gab Anne zu, "ich nahm sie auf und steckte sie an meine Brust, nur um zu sehen, wie es aussehen würde."

" Du hattest kein Recht, irgendetwas dieser Art zu tun. Es gehört sich nicht, sich daran zu schaffen zu machen. Erstens hättest du nicht in mein Zimmer gehen und zweitens die Brosche nicht anfassen sollen, die dir nicht gehörte. Wo hast du sie hingelegt?"

" Oh, ich habe sie zurück auf die Kommode gelegt. Ich hatte sie keine Minute lang an. Wirklich, ich wollte mich nicht daran zu schaffen machen, Marilla. Ich dachte nicht darüber nach, dass es falsch wäre, hineinzugehen und die Brosche anzuprobieren; aber ich sehe jetzt, dass es das war und ich werde es nie wieder tun. Das ist eine gute Sache an mir. Ich tue nie die gleiche böse Sache zweimal."

"Du hast sie nicht zurückgelegt", sagte Marilla. "Diese Brosche ist nirgendwo auf der Kommode. Du hast sie mit hinaus genommen oder Ähnliches, Anne."

"Ich habe sie zurückgelegt", sagte Anne schnell- vorlaut, dachte Marilla. "Ich erinnere mich nur nicht, ob ich sie auf das Nadelkissen steckte oder in die Porzellanschale legte. Aber ich bin mir völlig sicher, dass ich sie zurücklegte."

" Ich werde gehen und noch einmal nachsehen", sagte Marilla und beschloss, gerecht zu sein. "Wenn du diese Brosche zurückgelegt hast, ist sie noch da. Wenn nicht, weiß ich, dass du es nicht getan hast, das ist alles!"

Marilla ging in ihr Zimmer und machte eine gründliche Durchsuchung, nicht nur des Sekretärs sondern an jedem anderen Platz, von dem sie dachte, dass die Brosche dort vielleicht sein konnte. Sie war unauffindbar und sie kehrte in die Küche zurück.

"Anne, die Brosche ist weg. Du warst nach eigenem Eingeständnis die letzte Person, die sie angefasst hat. Also, was hast du damit gemacht? Sag mir sofort die Wahrheit. Hast du sie mitgenommen und verloren?"

"Nein, habe ich nicht," sagte Anne feierlich und begegnete Marillas ärgerlichem Blick direkt. "Ich habe die Brosche nicht aus deinem Zimmer genommen und das ist die Wahrheit, wenn ich dafür auf das Schafott geführt werden sollte - obwohl ich nicht ganz sicher bin, was ein Schafott ist. "So war es, Marilla"

Annes "so war es" war nur dazu gedacht, ihre Beteuerung zu unterstreichen, aber Marilla nahm es als eine Demonstration von Trotz auf.

"Ich glaube, du erzählst mir eine Unwahrheit, Anne," sagte sie scharf. "Das weiß ich. Schon gut, sag nichts mehr, bis du bereit bist, die ganze Wahrheit zu sagen. Geh in dein Zimmer und bleib da, bis du bereit bist, ein Geständnis abzulegen."

"Soll ich die Erbsen mitnehmen?" sagte Anne widerstandslos.

"Nein, ich werde sie selbst fertig palen. Mach, wie ich es dir befohlen habe."

Nachdem Anne gegangen war, fuhr Marilla in sehr verstörtem Geisteszustand mit ihren abendlichen Pflichten fort. Sie machte sich Sorgen um ihre wertvolle Brosche. Was, wenn Anne sie verloren hatte? Und wie schlimm von dem Kind, zu bestreiten, sie weggenommen zu haben, da jeder erkennen konnte, dass sie es getan haben musste! Auch noch mit so einem unschuldigen Gesicht!

"Ich weiß nicht, was mir lieber gewesen wäre", dachte Marilla, als sie nervös die Erbsen palte. "Natürlich vermute ich nicht, dass sie vorhatte, sie zu stehlen oder ähnliches. Sie hat sie nur genommen, um mit ihr zu spielen oder ihrer Fantasie auf die Sprünge zu helfen. Sie muss sie genommen haben, das ist klar, denn es ist keine Menschenseele in diesem Zimmer gewesen, seit sie in diesem Zimmer war, ihren eigenen Worten nach, bis ich zur Nacht hinaufgegangen bin. Und die Brosche ist weg, das ist ganz sicher. Ich vermute, sie hat sie verloren und hat nun Angst, es einzugestehen, aus Furcht, dass sie bestraft wird. Es ist furchtbar, zu denken, sie erzählt die Unwahrheit. Es ist weit schlimmer als ihr Temperamentsausbruch. Es ist eine furchtbare Verantwortung, ein Kind in deinem Haus zu haben, dem du nicht trauen kannst. Gerissenheit und Unwahrheit - das ist das, was sie gezeigt hat. Ich beteuere, es nimmt mich mehr mit als die Brosche. Wenn sie nur die Wahrheit gesagt hätte, würde es mir nicht so viel ausmachen."

Den ganzen Abend und in regelmäßigen Abständen ging Marilla in ihr Zimmer und suchte nach der Brosche, ohne sie zu finden. Ein Besuch zur Schlafenszeit im Ostgiebel brachte kein Ergebnis. Anne verharrte darin, zu leugnen, dass sie etwas über die Brosche wusste, aber Marilla war nur umso fester davon überzeugt, dass sie doch etwas damit zu tun hatte.

Am nächsten Morgen erzählte sie Matthew die Geschichte. Matthew war verwirrt und verwundert, er konnte nicht so schnell das Vertrauen in Anne verlieren, aber er musste eingestehen, dass die Umstände gegen sie sprachen.

"Bist du sicher, dass sie nicht hinter den Sekretär gefallen ist?" , war die einzige Vermutung, die er anbieten konnte.

"Ich habe den Sekretär verschoben und die Schubladen herausgenommen und hineingeschaut. In jeden Spalt und jede Ritze", war Marillas bejahende Antwort. "Die Brosche ist weg und dieses Kind hat sie genommen und darüber gelogen. Das ist die schlichte, hässliche Wahrheit, Matthew Cuthbert, und wir sollten ihr auch ins Gesicht sehen."

"Also dann, was wirst du deshalb unternehmen?" , fragte Matthew hilflos, und war insgeheim dankbar, dass Marilla und nicht er mit der Situation klarkommen musste. Er verspürte diesmal keine Lust, sich einzumischen.

"Sie wird in ihrem Zimmer bleiben, bis sie es zugibt", sagte Marilla grimmig und erinnerte sich an den Erfolg dieser Methode im früheren Fall. "Dann werden wir ja sehen. Vielleicht werden wir in der Lage sein, die Brosche zu finden, wenn sie uns nur sagt, wo sie sie hingebracht hat; aber auf alle Fälle muss sie streng bestraft werden, Matthew."

"Also gut, du wirst sie bestrafen," sagte Matthew, während er nach seinem Hut griff. "Ich habe nichts damit zu tun, erinnere dich. Du hast mich selbst gewarnt."

Marilla fühlte sich von allen im Stich gelassen. Sie konnte nicht einmal Mrs. Lynde um Rat fragen. Sie ging zum Ostgiebel hinauf mit einer sehr ernsten Miene und verließ ihn mit einem noch ernsteren Gesicht. Anne weigerte sich standhaft zu gestehen. Sie beharrte auf der Behauptung, dass sie die Brosche nicht genommen hätte. Das Kind hatte offensichtlich geweint, und Marilla fühlte einen Anflug von Mitleid, den sie streng unterdrückte. In der Nacht war sie, wie sie es ausdrückte, "erschlagen".

"Du bleibst in diesem Zimmer, bis du gestehst, Anne. Du kannst dich dazu entscheiden", sagte sie nachdrücklich.

"Aber morgen ist das Picknick, Marilla", schrie Anne. "Du wirst mich nicht davon abhalten, dorthin zu gehen, oder? Du lässt mich einfach für den Nachmittag gehen, oder? Dann bleibe ich mit Freuden, so lange du willst, später hier. Aber ich muss zum Picknick gehen."

"Du wirst nicht zu Picknicks gehen noch irgendwo sonst hin, bis du gestanden hast, Anne."

"Oh, Marilla", japste Anne.

Aber Marilla war schon hinausgegangen und hatte die Tür geschlossen.

Der Mittwochmorgen brach an, so hell und schön, als ob er ausdrücklich für das Picknick bestellt worden wäre. Vögel sangen rund um Green Gables; die Madonnenlilien im Garten sandten Parfümdüfte aus, die mit unsichtbaren Winden durch alle Fenster und Türen hereinzogen und durch Hallen und Zimmer wie Geister des Dankgebets wanderten. Die Birken im Tal winkten fröhlich mit den Ästen, als ob sie Annes üblichem Morgengruß aus dem Ostgiebel zuschauten. Aber Anne war nicht an ihrem Fenster. Als Marilla ihr Frühstück zu ihr heraufbrachte, fand sie das Kind steif auf ihrem Bett sitzend, blass und entschlossen, mit fest geschlossenen Lippen und glänzenden Augen.

"Marilla, ich bin bereit zu gestehen."

"Ah!" Marilla legte ihr Tablett ab. Wieder einmal hatte ihre Methode Erfolg; aber ihr Erfolg war für sie sehr bitter. " Lass mich hören, was du mir dann zu sagen hast, Anne."

" Ich nahm die Amethystbrosche", sagte Anne, als ob sie eine Lektion wiederholen würde, die sie gelernt hatte. "Ich nahm sie, genau wie du gesagt hast. Ich wollte sie nicht nehmen, als ich hineinging. Aber sie sah so wunderschön aus, Marilla, als ich sie an meine Brust steckte, dass mich eine unwiderstehliche Versuchung überwältigte. Ich stellte mir vor, wie aufregend es wäre, sie nach Idlewild mitzunehmen und zu spielen, ich wäre die Lady Cordelia Fitzgerald. Man könnte sich so viel leichter vorstellen, dass ich die Lady Cordelia wäre, wenn ich eine echte Amethystbrosche hätte. Diana und ich haben Halsketten aus Rosenbeeren gemacht, aber was sind Rosenbeeren im Vergleich zu Amethysten? Also nahm ich die Brosche. Ich dachte, ich könnte sie zurücklegen, bevor du nach Hause kommen würdest, ich ging den ganzen Weg um die Straße herum, um es in die Länge zu ziehen. Als ich über die Brücke über den See des glänzendes Wassers ging, nahm ich die Brosche ab, um erneut einen Blick darauf zu werfen. Oh, wie sie im Sonnenlicht glänzte! Und dann, als ich mich über die Brücke beugte, schlüpfte sie durch meine Finger - ja - und ging unter - unter - unter, die ganze Zeit violett-funkelnd, und sank für immer nach unten auf den Grund des Sees der glänzenden Wasser. Und das ist das Beste, was ich tun kann, um zu gestehen, Marilla."

Marilla fühlte glühenden Zorn in ihrem Herzen auflodern. Dieses Kind hatte ihre kostbare Amethystbrosche genommen und verloren und saß nun ruhig da und trug die Einzelheiten davon vor, scheinbar ohne die geringsten Gewissensbisse oder ein Bedauern.

"Anne, das ist schrecklich," sagte sie und versuchte dabei ruhig zu sprechen. "Du bist das schlechteste Mädchen, von dem ich je gehört habe."

"Ja, ich vermute, das bin ich," stimmte Anne ruhig zu. "Und ich weiß, ich muss bestraft werden. Es wird deine Pflicht sein, mich zu bestrafen, Marilla. Kannst du es bitte sofort hinter dich bringen, denn ich würde gerne unbeschwert zu dem Picknick gehen."

"Picknick, ach wirklich! Heute gehst du zu keinem Picknick, Anne Shirley. Das soll deine Bestrafung sein. Und es ist auch nicht halb so schlimm wie das, was du getan hast!"

"Nicht zum Picknick zu gehen!" Anne sprang auf ihre Füße und umklammerte Marillas Hand. "Aber du hast mir versprochen, ich dürfte. Oh, Marilla, ich muss zum Picknick gehen. Deshalb habe ich gestanden. Bestrafe mich auf beliebige Weise, mit Ausnahme von dieser. Oh, Marilla, bitte, bitte, lass mich zum Picknick gehen. Denke an die Eiscreme! Denn wie du doch weißt, werde ich vielleicht nie mehr eine Chance bekommen, Eiscreme zu kosten.

Marilla löste Annes klammernde Hände mit steinerner Miene.

"Du brauchst nicht zu betteln, Anne. Du wirst nicht zum Picknick gehen und damit basta. Nein, kein Wort mehr."

Anne erkannte, dass Marilla nicht zu bewegen war. Sie faltete ihre Hände zusammen, gab einen markerschütternden Schrei von sich und warf sich dann mit dem Gesicht nach unten aufs Bett, sich windend und weinend in völliger Hingabe an die Enttäuschung und Verzweiflung.

"Um Himmels willen!" japste Marilla und eilte aus dem Zimmer. "Ich glaube, das Kind ist verrückt. Kein Kind mit Verstand würde sich so benehmen, wie sie es tut. Wenn sie es nicht ist, ist sie vollkommen böse. Oje, ich fürchte, Rachel hatte von Anfang an recht. Aber ich habe mich in die Riemen gelegt und ich werde nicht zurückschauen."

Das war ein trostloser Morgen. Marilla arbeitete verbissen und schrubbte den Verandaboden und die Milchregale, als sie nichts anderes zu tun fand. Weder Regale nich die Veranda hatten es nötig - aber Marilla machte es. Dann ging sie hinaus und harkte den Hof. Als das Abendessen fertig war, ging sie zur Treppe und rief Anne. Ein verheultes Gesicht erschien, das unglücklich über das Geländer schaute.

"Komm runter zum Essen, Anne."

"Ich will kein Essen, Marilla", sagte Anne schluchzend. "Ich könnte nichts essen. Mir ist das Herz gebrochen. Eines Tages wirst du ein schlechtes Gewissen haben, weil du es gebrochen hast, Marilla, aber ich vergebe dir. Denk daran, wenn die Zeit kommt, dass ich dir verzeihe. Aber bitte verlange nicht von mir, dass ich etwas esse, vor allem kein gekochtes Schweinefleisch und Grünzeug. Gekochtes Schweinefleisch und Gemüse sind so unromantisch, wenn man in Nöten ist."

Aufgebracht kehrte Marilla in die Küche zurück und schüttete ihre Leidensgeschichte vor Matthew aus, der, zwischen seinem Gerechtigkeitssinn und seinen unzulässigen Anteilnahme gegenüber Anne hin und her gerissen, einen jämmerlichen Mann abgab.

"Nun, sie hätte die Brosche nicht nehmen sollen, Marilla, oder auch keine Märchen darüber erzählen sollen", gab er zu und begutachtete traurig seinen Teller voll unromantischem Schweinefleisch und Grünzeug, als ob er, wie Anne, es für eine Speise hielte, die für Gefühlskrisen ungeeignet wäre, "aber sie ist so ein kleines Ding - so ein interessantes kleines Ding. Glaubst du nicht, es ist ziemlich hart, sie nicht zu dem Picknick gehen zu lassen, wenn sie so versessen darauf war?"

"Matthew Cuthber, du erstaunst mich. Ich denke, ich habe sie zu einfach davonkommen lassen. Und dass sie nicht zu merken scheint, wie böse sie überhaupt gewesen ist, macht mir die meisten Sorgen. Wenn es ihr wirklich leid tun würde, wäre es nicht so schlimm. Und du scheinst es auch keineswegs einzusehen, du findest selbst andauernd Ausreden für sie - ich kann das erkennen."

"Also, sie ist so ein kleines Ding", wiederholte Matthew kleinlaut. "Und das sollte man ihr zugute halten, Marilla. Du weißt, sie hatte nie irgendeine Erziehung."

"Naja, jetzt hat sie sie", erwiderte Marilla.

Die scharfe Erwiderung brachte Matthew zum Schweigen, wenn sie ihn auch nicht überzeugte. Dieses Abendessen war eine sehr trübselige Mahlzeit. Das einzig Fröhliche daran war Jerry Buote, der bei ihnen angestellte Junge, und Marilla verübelte ihm seine Unbeschwertheit als persönliche Beleidigung.

Als ihr Geschirr abgewaschen war und ihr Gebäck angesetzt und ihre Hennen gefüttert waren, erinnerte sich Marilla daran, dass sie einen kleinen Riss in ihrer besten schwarzen Spitzenstola bemerkt hatte, als sie sie am Montagnachmittag nach der Rückkehr von der Frauenvereinigung ausgezogen hatte. Sie würde hingehen und sie ausbessern.

Der Schal war in einer Schachtel in ihrer Truhe. Als Marilla sie heraushob, fiel das Sonnenlicht durch die Weinreben, die sich dicht um das Fenster gruppierten, und traf auf etwas, das im Schal hängen geblieben war - etwas, das glitzerte und in Facetten violetten Lichts funkelte. Marilla schnappte es sich mit einem Keuchen. Es war die Amethystbrosche, die mit ihrem Verschluss an einem Faden der Spitze hing!

"Liebes Leben und Herz", sagte Marilla verdutzt, "was bedeutet das? Hier ist meine Brosche, wohlbehalten, von der ich dachte, sie wäre auf dem Grund von Barrys Teich. Was auch immer meinte das Mädchen, wenn sie sagte, sie nahm und verlor sie? Ich erkläre, dass ich glaube, Green Gables ist verhext. Ich erinnere mich nun, dass ich, als ich meinen Schal am Montagnachmittag auszog, ihn kurz auf die Kommode legte. Ich vermute, die Brosche hat sich irgendwie darin verfangen. Nun!"

Marilla begab sich zum Ostgiebel, die Brosche in der Hand. Anne hatte sich ausgeweint und saß deprimiert am Fenster.

"Anne Shirley", sagte Marilla förmlich, "gerade habe ich meine Brosche gefunden. Sie hing an meinem schwarzen Spitzenschal. Nun möchte ich wissen, was dieses Geschwätz, das du mir heute Morgen erzählt hast, bedeutet."

"Warum hast du gesagt, dass du mich hier behältst, bis ich gestehe", antwortete Anne müde, "und so beschloss ich zu gestehen, weil ich unbedingt zum Picknick gelangen musste. Ich habe mir letzte Nacht ein Geständnis ausgedacht, nachdem ich ins Bett gegangen war und machte es so interessant, wie ich nur konnte. Und ich sagte es mir immer wieder vor, damit ich es nicht vergessen würde. Aber du wolltest mich doch nicht zum Picknick gehen lassen, also waren meine Mühen umsonst."

Marilla musste trotz allem über sich selbst lachen. Aber sie bekam Gewissensbisse.

„Anne, du bist unglaublich! Aber ich habe mich getäuscht, das merke ich jetzt. Ich hätte dein Wort nicht anzweifeln dürfen, weil ich weiß, du erzähltest niemals eine Geschichte. Natürlich war es nicht richtig von dir, eine Sache zu gestehen, die du nicht getan hast - es war sehr falsch, das zu tun. Aber ich habe dich dazu getrieben. So, falls du mir vergibst, Anne, werde ich dir verzeihen und wir werden noch einmal von vorne anfangen .. Und jetzt mach dich für das Picknick fertig."

Anne fuhr auf wie eine Rakete.

"Oh, Marilla, ist es nicht zu spät?"

"Nein, es ist erst zwei Uhr. Bis jetzt werden sie sich gut versammelt haben und es wird noch eine Stunde dauern, ehe sie Tee trinken. Wasch dir das Gesicht, kämm dir die Haare und zieh deinen Gingham an. Ich werde dir einen Korb füllen. Es gibt genug Gebäck im Haus. Und ich lasse Jerry den Fuchs anspannen und dich zum Picknickplatz fahren."

"Oh, Marilla", rief Anne, während sie zum Waschstand flog. "Vor fünf Minuten ging es mir so schlecht, dass ich wünschte, ich sei nie geboren worden, und jetzt würde ich mit keinem Engel tauschen!"

In dieser Nacht kehrte eine durch und durch glückliche, vollständig müde Anne in einem unmöglich zu beschreibenden Zustand der Seligkeit nach Green Gables zurück.

"Oh, Marilla, ich hatte eine völlig fabelhafte Zeit. Fabelhaft ist ein neues Wort, das ich heute gelernt habe. Ich hörte Mary Alice Bell es verwenden. Ist es nicht sehr ausdrucksvoll? Alles war herrlich. Wir genossen ein vortreffliches Abendessen und dann nahm uns Mr. Harmon Andrews alle mit auf eine Rudertour auf dem See des glänzenden Wassers, jeweils sechs von uns. Und Jane Andrews wäre beinahe über Bord gegangen. Sie lehnte sich hinaus, um Seerosen zu pflücken, und wenn Mr. Andrews sie nicht gerade im letzten Moment an ihrer Schärpe zu fassen bekommen hätte, wäre sie hineingefallen und wahrscheinlich ertrunken. Ich wünschte, das wäre mir passiert. Es wäre ein so romantisches Erlebnis gewesen, beinahe zu ertrinken. Man könnte so eine spannende Geschichte erzählen. Und wir haben das Eis gegessen. Mir fehlen die Worte, um diese Eiscreme zu beschreiben. Marilla, ich versichere dir, es war unvergleichlich."

An diesem Abend erzählte Marilla Matthew die ganze Geschichte über ihrem Strumpfkorb.

"Ich bin bereit zuzugeben, dass ich einen Fehler gemacht habe", schloss sie unumwunden, "aber ich habe eine Lehre daraus gezogen. Ich muss lachen, wenn ich an Annes Beichte denke, obwohl ich annehme, ich sollte das nicht tun, weil es eigentlich die Unwahrheit war. Aber es scheint nicht so schlimm zu sein, wie es das andere gewesen wäre, in gewisser Weise, und ich bin irgendwie dafür verantwortlich. Dieses Kind ist in mancher Hinsicht schwer zu verstehen. Aber ich glaube, sie wird sich schon gut entwickeln. Und eines ist sicher, in einem Haus, in dem sie ist, wird es niemals langweilig."
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CHAPTER XIV.
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ANNE'S CONFESSION.
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On the Monday evening before the picnic Marilla came down from her room with a troubled face.
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"I—I saw it this afternoon when you were away at the Aid Society," said Anne, a little slowly.
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"I was passing your door when I saw it on the cushion, so I went in to look at it."
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"Did you touch it?"
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said Marilla sternly.
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"Y-e-e-s," admitted Anne, "I took it up and I pinned it on my breast just to see how it would look."
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"You had no business to do anything of the sort.
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It's very wrong in a little girl to meddle.
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Where did you put it? "
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"Oh, I put it back on the bureau.
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I hadn't it on a minute.
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Truly, I didn't mean to meddle, Marilla.
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That's one good thing about me.
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I never do the same naughty thing twice."
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"You didn't put it back," said Marilla.
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"That brooch isn't anywhere on the bureau.
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You've taken it out or something, Anne."
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"I did put it back," said Anne quickly—pertly, Marilla thought.
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"I don't just remember whether I stuck it on the pincushion or laid it in the china tray.
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But I'm perfectly certain I put it back."
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"I'll go and have another look," said Marilla, determining to be just.
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"If you put that brooch back it's there still.
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If it isn't I'll know you didn't, that's all!"
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It was not to be found and she returned to the kitchen.
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"Anne, the brooch is gone.
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By your own admission you were the last person to handle it.
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Now, what have you done with it?
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Tell me the truth at once.
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Did you take it out and lose it?"
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"No, I didn't," said Anne solemnly, meeting Manila's angry gaze squarely.
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So there, Marilla."
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"I believe you are telling me a falsehood, Anne," she said sharply.
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"I know you are.
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There now, don't say anything more unless you are prepared to tell the whole truth.
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Go to your room and stay there until you are ready to confess."
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"Will I take the peas with me?"
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said Anne meekly.
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"No, I'll finish shelling them myself.
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Do as I bid you."
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When Anne had gone Marilla went about her evening tasks in a very disturbed state of mind.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 50
She was worried about her valuable brooch.
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 51
What if Anne had lost it?
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 52
And how wicked of the child to deny having taken it, when anybody could see she must have!
3 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 53
With such an innocent face, too!
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 55
"Of course, I don't suppose she meant to steal it or anything like that.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 56
She's just taken it to play with or help along that imagination of hers.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 58
And the brooch is gone, there's nothing surer.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 59
I suppose she has lost it and is afraid to own up for fear she'll be punished.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 60
It's a dreadful thing to think she tells falsehoods.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 61
It's a far worse thing than her fit of temper.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 62
It's a fearful responsibility to have a child in your house you can't trust.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 63
Slyness and untruthfulness—that's what she has displayed.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 64
I declare I feel worse about that than about the brooch.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 65
If she'd only have told the truth about it I wouldn't mind so much."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 67
A bed-time visit to the east gable produced no result.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 69
She told Matthew the story the next morning.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 71
"You're sure it hasn't fell down behind the bureau?"
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 72
was the only suggestion he could offer.
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 73
"I've moved the bureau and I've taken out the drawers and I've looked in.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 74
every crack and cranny," was Manila's positive answer.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 75
"The brooch is gone and that child has taken it and lied about it.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 76
That's the plain, ugly truth, Matthew Cuthbert, and we might as well look it in the face."
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 77
"Well now, what are you going to do about it?"
2 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 79
He felt no desire to put his oar in this time.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 81
"Then we'll see.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 83
"Well now, you'll have to punish her," said Matthew, reaching for his hat.
3 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 84
"I've nothing to do with it, remember.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 85
You warned me off yourself."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 86
Marilla felt deserted by every one.
3 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 87
She could not even go to Mrs. Lynde for advice.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 88
She went up to the east gable with a very serious face and left it with a face more serious still.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 89
Anne steadfastly refused to confess.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 90
She persisted in asserting that she had not taken the brooch.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 91
The child had evidently been crying and Marilla felt a pang of pity which she sternly repressed.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 92
By night she was, as she expressed it, "beat out."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 93
"You'll stay in this room until you confess, Anne.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 94
You can make up your mind to that," she said firmly.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 95
"But the picnic is to-morrow, Marilla," cried Anne.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 96
"You won't keep me from going to that, will you?
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 97
You'll just let me out for the afternoon, won't you?
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 98
Then I'll stay here as long as you like afterwards cheerfully.
3 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 99
But I must go to the picnic."
2 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 100
"You'll not go to picnics nor anywhere else until you've confessed, Anne."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 101
"Oh, Marilla," gasped Anne.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 102
But Marilla had gone out and shut the door.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 103
Wednesday morning dawned as bright and fair as if expressly made to order for the picnic.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 106
But Anne was not at her window.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 108
"Marilla, I'm ready to confess."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 109
"Ah!"
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 110
Marilla laid down her tray.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 111
Once again her method had succeeded; but her success was very bitter to her.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 112
"Let me hear what you have to say then, Anne."
1 Translations, 0 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 113
"I took the amethyst brooch," said Anne, as if repeating a lesson she had learned.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 114
"I took it just as you said.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 115
I didn't mean to take it when I went in.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 118
It would be so much easier to imagine I was the Lady Cordelia if I had a real amethyst brooch on.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 119
Diana and I made necklaces of roseberries but what are roseberries compared to amethysts?
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 120
So I took the brooch.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 123
Oh, how it did shine in the sunlight!
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 125
And that's the best I can do at confessing, Marilla."
2 Translations, 0 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 126
Marilla felt hot anger surge up into her heart again.
3 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 128
"Anne, this is terrible," she said, trying to speak calmly.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 129
"You are the very wickedest girl I ever heard of."
4 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 130
"Yes, I suppose I am," agreed Anne tranquilly.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 131
"And I know I'll have to be punished.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 132
It'll be your duty to punish me, Marilla.
2 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 133
unit 134
"Picnic, indeed!
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 135
You'll go to no picnic to-day, Anne Shirley.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 136
That shall be your punishment.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 137
And it isn't half severe enough either for what you've done!"
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 138
"Not go to the picnic!"
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 139
Anne sprang to her feet and clutched Marilla's hand.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 140
"But you promised me I might!
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 141
Oh, Marilla, I must go to the picnic.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 142
That was why I confessed.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 143
Punish me any way you like but that.
1 Translations, 0 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 144
Oh, Marilla, please, please, let me go to the picnic.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 145
Think of the ice-cream!
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 146
For anything you know I may never have a chance to taste ice-cream again."
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 147
Marilla disengaged Anne's clinging hands stonily.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 148
"You needn't plead, Anne.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 149
You are not going to the picnic and that's final.
2 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 150
No, not a word."
2 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 151
Anne realized that Marilla was not to be moved.
2 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 153
"For the land's sake!"
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 154
gasped Marilla, hastening from the room.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 155
"I believe the child is crazy.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 156
No child in her senses would behave as she does.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 157
If she isn't she's utterly bad.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 158
Oh dear, I'm afraid Rachel was right from the first.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 159
But I've put my hand to the plough and I won't look back."
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 160
That was a dismal morning.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 162
Neither the shelves nor the porch needed it—but Marilla did.
2 Translations, 0 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 163
Then she went out and raked the yard.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 164
When dinner was ready she went to the stairs and called Anne.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 165
A tear-stained face appeared, looking tragically over the banisters.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 166
"Come down to your dinner, Anne."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 167
"I don't want any dinner, Marilla," said Anne sobbingly.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 168
"I couldn't eat anything.
2 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 169
My heart is broken.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 170
You'll feel remorse of conscience some day, I expect, for breaking it, Marilla, but I forgive you.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 171
Remember when the time comes that I forgive you.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 172
But please don't ask me to eat anything, especially boiled pork and greens.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 173
Boiled pork and greens are so unromantic when one is in affliction."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 176
Don't you think it's pretty rough not to let her go to the picnic when she's so set on it?"
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 177
"Matthew Cuthbert, I'm amazed at you.
2 Translations, 5 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 178
I think I've let her off entirely too easy.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 179
And she doesn't appear to realize how wicked she's been at all—that's what worries me most.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 180
If she'd really felt sorry it wouldn't be so bad.
2 Translations, 5 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 182
"Well now, she's such a little thing," feebly reiterated Matthew.
2 Translations, 7 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 2 weeks ago
unit 183
"And there should be allowances made, Marilla.
2 Translations, 5 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 184
You know she's never had any bringing up."
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 185
"Well, she's having it now," retorted Marilla.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 186
The retort silenced Matthew if it did not convince him.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 187
That dinner was a very dismal meal.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 190
She would go and mend it.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 191
The shawl was in a box in her trunk.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 193
Marilla snatched at it with a gasp.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 194
It was the amethyst brooch, hanging to a thread of the lace by its catch!
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 195
"Dear life and heart," said Marilla blankly, "what does this mean?
1 Translations, 0 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 196
Here's my brooch safe and sound that I thought was at the bottom of Barry's pond.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 197
Whatever did that girl mean by saying she took it and lost it?
2 Translations, 0 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 198
I declare I believe Green Gables is bewitched.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 199
I remember now that when I took off my shawl Monday afternoon I laid it on the bureau for a minute.
2 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 200
I suppose the brooch got caught in it somehow.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 201
Well!"
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 202
Marilla betook herself to the east gable, brooch in hand.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 203
Anne had cried herself out and was sitting dejectedly by the window.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 204
"Anne Shirley," said Marilla solemnly, "I've just found my brooch hanging to my black lace shawl.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 205
Now I want to know what that rigmarole you told me this morning meant."
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 4 weeks ago
unit 207
I thought out a confession last night after I went to bed and made it as interesting as I could.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 208
And I said it over and over so that I wouldn't forget it.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 209
But you wouldn't let me go to the picnic after all, so all my trouble was wasted."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 210
Marilla had to laugh in spite of herself.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 211
But her conscience pricked her.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 212
"Anne, you do beat all!
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 213
But I was wrong—I see that now.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 214
I shouldn't have doubted your word when I'd never known you to tell a story.
1 Translations, 0 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 215
unit 216
But I drove you to it.
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 218
Anne flew up like a rocket.
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 219
"Oh, Marilla, isn't it too late?"
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 220
"No, it's only two o'clock.
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 221
They won't be more than well gathered yet and it'll be an hour before they have tea.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 222
Wash your face and comb your hair and put on your gingham.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 223
I'll fill a basket for you.
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 224
There's plenty of stuff baked in the house.
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 225
And I'll get Jerry to hitch up the sorrel and drive you down to the picnic ground."
1 Translations, 5 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 226
"Oh, Marilla," exclaimed Anne, flying to the wash-stand.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 229
"Oh, Marilla, I've had a perfectly scrumptious time.
1 Translations, 5 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 230
Scrumptious is a new word I learned to-day.
1 Translations, 5 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 231
I heard Mary Alice Bell use it.
1 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 232
Isn't it very expressive?
1 Translations, 5 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 233
Everything was lovely.
1 Translations, 5 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 235
And Jane Andrews nearly fell overboard.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 237
I wish it had been me.
2 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 238
It would have been such a romantic experience to have been nearly drowned.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 239
It would be such a thrilling tale to tell.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 240
And we had the ice-cream.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 241
Words fail me to describe that ice-cream.
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 242
Marilla, I assure you it was sublime."
1 Translations, 2 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 243
That evening Marilla told the whole story to Matthew over her stocking basket.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 244
"I'm willing to own up that I made a mistake," she concluded candidly, "but I've learned a lesson.
2 Translations, 4 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 246
But it doesn't seem as bad as the other would have been, somehow, and anyhow I'm responsible for it.
1 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 247
That child is hard to understand in some respects.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 248
But I believe she'll turn out all right yet.
1 Translations, 3 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
unit 249
And there's one thing certain, no house will ever be dull that she's in."
2 Translations, 1 Upvotes, Last Activity 9 months, 3 weeks ago
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thank you Gaelle for uploading a new chapter and for your information !

by Siri 10 months ago

Update: Thank to Gaby and her watching the movie, we now know that:
1. Anne only use the formal form ("Sie") at the start, but later (we agreed for Chapter XI) she will say "du" to Marilla and Matthew, and the formal form with everybody else but her classmates. Marilla and Rachel are friends and they use "du".
2. She likes overstatements and superlatives.
3. We need to translate "green gables" as it is done in the movie.

by gaelle044 10 months ago

Anne of Green Gables (1908)

Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. It has been adapted as film, made-for-television movies, and animated and live-action television series. — Excerpted from Anne of Green Gables (1908) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Anne_of_Green_Gables_(1908)

by gaelle044 10 months ago

CHAPTER XIV.

ANNE'S CONFESSION.

On the Monday evening before the picnic Marilla came down from her room with a troubled face.

"Anne," she said to that small personage, who was shelling peas by the spotless table and singing "Nelly of the Hazel Dell" with a vigour and expression that did credit to Diana's teaching, "did you see anything of my amethyst brooch? I thought I stuck it in my pincushion when I came home from church yesterday evening, but I can't find it anywhere."

"I—I saw it this afternoon when you were away at the Aid Society," said Anne, a little slowly. "I was passing your door when I saw it on the cushion, so I went in to look at it."

"Did you touch it?" said Marilla sternly.

"Y-e-e-s," admitted Anne, "I took it up and I pinned it on my breast just to see how it would look."

"You had no business to do anything of the sort. It's very wrong in a little girl to meddle. You shouldn't have gone into my room in the first place and you shouldn't have touched a brooch that didn't belong to you in the second. Where did you put it? "

"Oh, I put it back on the bureau. I hadn't it on a minute. Truly, I didn't mean to meddle, Marilla. I didn't think about its being wrong to go in and try on the brooch; but I see now that it was and I'll never do it again. That's one good thing about me. I never do the same naughty thing twice."

"You didn't put it back," said Marilla. "That brooch isn't anywhere on the bureau. You've taken it out or something, Anne."

"I did put it back," said Anne quickly—pertly, Marilla thought. "I don't just remember whether I stuck it on the pincushion or laid it in the china tray. But I'm perfectly certain I put it back."

"I'll go and have another look," said Marilla, determining to be just. "If you put that brooch back it's there still. If it isn't I'll know you didn't, that's all!"

Marilla went to her room and made a thorough search, not only over the bureau but in every other place she thought the brooch might possibly be. It was not to be found and she returned to the kitchen.

"Anne, the brooch is gone. By your own admission you were the last person to handle it. Now, what have you done with it? Tell me the truth at once. Did you take it out and lose it?"

"No, I didn't," said Anne solemnly, meeting Manila's angry gaze squarely. "I never took the brooch out of your room and that is the truth, if I was to be led to the block for it—although I'm not very certain what a block is. So there, Marilla."

Anne's "so there" was only intended to emphasize her assertion, but Marilla took it as a display of defiance.

"I believe you are telling me a falsehood, Anne," she said sharply. "I know you are. There now, don't say anything more unless you are prepared to tell the whole truth. Go to your room and stay there until you are ready to confess."

"Will I take the peas with me?" said Anne meekly.

"No, I'll finish shelling them myself. Do as I bid you."

When Anne had gone Marilla went about her evening tasks in a very disturbed state of mind. She was worried about her valuable brooch. What if Anne had lost it? And how wicked of the child to deny having taken it, when anybody could see she must have! With such an innocent face, too!

"I don't know what I wouldn't sooner have had happen," thought Marilla, as she nervously shelled the peas. "Of course, I don't suppose she meant to steal it or anything like that. She's just taken it to play with or help along that imagination of hers. She must have taken it, that's clear, for there hasn't been a soul in that room since she was in it, by her own story, until I went up to-night. And the brooch is gone, there's nothing surer. I suppose she has lost it and is afraid to own up for fear she'll be punished. It's a dreadful thing to think she tells falsehoods. It's a far worse thing than her fit of temper. It's a fearful responsibility to have a child in your house you can't trust. Slyness and untruthfulness—that's what she has displayed. I declare I feel worse about that than about the brooch. If she'd only have told the truth about it I wouldn't mind so much."

Marilla went to her room at intervals all through the evening and searched for the brooch, without finding it. A bed-time visit to the east gable produced no result. Anne persisted in denying that she knew anything about the brooch but Marilla was only the more firmly convinced that she did.

She told Matthew the story the next morning. Matthew was confounded and puzzled; he could not so quickly lose faith in Anne but he had to admit that circumstances were against her.

"You're sure it hasn't fell down behind the bureau?" was the only suggestion he could offer.

"I've moved the bureau and I've taken out the drawers and I've looked in. every crack and cranny," was Manila's positive answer. "The brooch is gone and that child has taken it and lied about it. That's the plain, ugly truth, Matthew Cuthbert, and we might as well look it in the face."

"Well now, what are you going to do about it?" Matthew asked forlornly, feeling secretly thankful that Marilla and not he had to deal with the situation. He felt no desire to put his oar in this time.

"She'll stay in her room until she confesses," said Marilla grimly, remembering the success of this method in the former case. "Then we'll see. Perhaps we'll be able to find the brooch if she'll only tell where she took it; but in any case she'll have to be severely punished, Matthew."

"Well now, you'll have to punish her," said Matthew, reaching for his hat. "I've nothing to do with it, remember. You warned me off yourself."

Marilla felt deserted by every one. She could not even go to Mrs. Lynde for advice. She went up to the east gable with a very serious face and left it with a face more serious still. Anne steadfastly refused to confess. She persisted in asserting that she had not taken the brooch. The child had evidently been crying and Marilla felt a pang of pity which she sternly repressed. By night she was, as she expressed it, "beat out."

"You'll stay in this room until you confess, Anne. You can make up your mind to that," she said firmly.

"But the picnic is to-morrow, Marilla," cried Anne. "You won't keep me from going to that, will you? You'll just let me out for the afternoon, won't you? Then I'll stay here as long as you like afterwards cheerfully. But I must go to the picnic."

"You'll not go to picnics nor anywhere else until you've confessed, Anne."

"Oh, Marilla," gasped Anne.

But Marilla had gone out and shut the door.

Wednesday morning dawned as bright and fair as if expressly made to order for the picnic. Birds sang around Green Gables; the Madonna lilies in the garden sent out whiffs of perfume that entered in on viewless winds at every door and window, and wandered through halls and rooms like spirits of benediction. The birches in the hollow waved joyful hands as if watching for Anne's usual morning greeting from the east gable. But Anne was not at her window. When Marilla took her breakfast up to her she found the child sitting primly on her bed, pale and resolute, with tight-shut lips and gleaming eyes.

"Marilla, I'm ready to confess."

"Ah!" Marilla laid down her tray. Once again her method had succeeded; but her success was very bitter to her. "Let me hear what you have to say then, Anne."

"I took the amethyst brooch," said Anne, as if repeating a lesson she had learned. "I took it just as you said. I didn't mean to take it when I went in. But it did look so beautiful, Marilla, when I pinned it on my breast that I was overcome by an irresistible temptation. I imagined how perfectly thrilling it would be to take it to Idlewild and play I was the Lady Cordelia Fitzgerald. It would be so much easier to imagine I was the Lady Cordelia if I had a real amethyst brooch on. Diana and I made necklaces of roseberries but what are roseberries compared to amethysts? So I took the brooch. I thought I could put it back before you came home, I went all the way around by the road to lengthen out the time. When I was going over the bridge across the Lake of Shining Waters I took the brooch off to have another look at it. Oh, how it did shine in the sunlight! And then, when I was leaning over the bridge, it just slipped through my fingers—so—and went down—down—down, all purply-sparkling, and sank forevermore beneath the Lake of Shining Waters. And that's the best I can do at confessing, Marilla."

Marilla felt hot anger surge up into her heart again. This child had taken and lost her treasured amethyst brooch and now sat there calmly reciting the details thereof without the least apparent compunction or repentance.

"Anne, this is terrible," she said, trying to speak calmly. "You are the very wickedest girl I ever heard of."

"Yes, I suppose I am," agreed Anne tranquilly. "And I know I'll have to be punished. It'll be your duty to punish me, Marilla. Won't you please get it over right off because I'd like to go to the picnic with nothing on my mind."

"Picnic, indeed! You'll go to no picnic to-day, Anne Shirley. That shall be your punishment. And it isn't half severe enough either for what you've done!"

"Not go to the picnic!" Anne sprang to her feet and clutched Marilla's hand. "But you promised me I might! Oh, Marilla, I must go to the picnic. That was why I confessed. Punish me any way you like but that. Oh, Marilla, please, please, let me go to the picnic. Think of the ice-cream! For anything you know I may never have a chance to taste ice-cream again."

Marilla disengaged Anne's clinging hands stonily.

"You needn't plead, Anne. You are not going to the picnic and that's final. No, not a word."

Anne realized that Marilla was not to be moved. She clasped her hands together, gave a piercing shriek, and then flung herself face downwards on the bed, crying and writhing in an utter abandonment of disappointment and despair.

"For the land's sake!" gasped Marilla, hastening from the room. "I believe the child is crazy. No child in her senses would behave as she does. If she isn't she's utterly bad. Oh dear, I'm afraid Rachel was right from the first. But I've put my hand to the plough and I won't look back."

That was a dismal morning. Marilla worked fiercely and scrubbed the porch floor and the dairy shelves when she could find nothing else to do. Neither the shelves nor the porch needed it—but Marilla did. Then she went out and raked the yard. When dinner was ready she went to the stairs and called Anne. A tear-stained face appeared, looking tragically over the banisters.

"Come down to your dinner, Anne."

"I don't want any dinner, Marilla," said Anne sobbingly. "I couldn't eat anything. My heart is broken. You'll feel remorse of conscience some day, I expect, for breaking it, Marilla, but I forgive you. Remember when the time comes that I forgive you. But please don't ask me to eat anything, especially boiled pork and greens. Boiled pork and greens are so unromantic when one is in affliction."

Exasperated Marilla returned to the kitchen and poured out her tale of woe to Matthew, who, between his sense of justice and his unlawful sympathy with Anne, was a miserable man.

"Well now, she shouldn't have taken the brooch, Marilla, or told stories about it," he admitted, mournfully surveying his plateful of unromantic pork and greens as if he, like Anne, thought it a food unsuited to crises of feeling, "but she's such a little thing—such an interesting little thing. Don't you think it's pretty rough not to let her go to the picnic when she's so set on it?"

"Matthew Cuthbert, I'm amazed at you. I think I've let her off entirely too easy. And she doesn't appear to realize how wicked she's been at all—that's what worries me most. If she'd really felt sorry it wouldn't be so bad. And you don't seem to realize it, neither; you're making excuses for her all the time to yourself—I can see that."

"Well now, she's such a little thing," feebly reiterated Matthew. "And there should be allowances made, Marilla. You know she's never had any bringing up."

"Well, she's having it now," retorted Marilla.

The retort silenced Matthew if it did not convince him. That dinner was a very dismal meal. The only cheerful thing about it was Jerry Buote, the hired boy, and Marilla resented his cheerfulness as a personal insult.

When her dishes were washed and her bread sponge set and her hens fed Marilla remembered that she had noticed a small rent in her best black lace shawl when she had taken it off on Monday afternoon on returning from the Ladies' Aid. She would go and mend it.

The shawl was in a box in her trunk. As Marilla lifted it out, the sunlight, falling through the vines that clustered thickly about the window, struck upon something caught in the shawl—something that glittered and sparkled in facets of violet light. Marilla snatched at it with a gasp. It was the amethyst brooch, hanging to a thread of the lace by its catch!

"Dear life and heart," said Marilla blankly, "what does this mean? Here's my brooch safe and sound that I thought was at the bottom of Barry's pond. Whatever did that girl mean by saying she took it and lost it? I declare I believe Green Gables is bewitched. I remember now that when I took off my shawl Monday afternoon I laid it on the bureau for a minute. I suppose the brooch got caught in it somehow. Well!"

Marilla betook herself to the east gable, brooch in hand. Anne had cried herself out and was sitting dejectedly by the window.

"Anne Shirley," said Marilla solemnly, "I've just found my brooch hanging to my black lace shawl. Now I want to know what that rigmarole you told me this morning meant."

"Why, you said you'd keep me here until I confessed," returned Anne wearily, "and so I decided to confess because I was bound to get to the picnic. I thought out a confession last night after I went to bed and made it as interesting as I could. And I said it over and over so that I wouldn't forget it. But you wouldn't let me go to the picnic after all, so all my trouble was wasted."

Marilla had to laugh in spite of herself. But her conscience pricked her.

"Anne, you do beat all! But I was wrong—I see that now. I shouldn't have doubted your word when I'd never known you to tell a story. Of course, it wasn't right for you to confess to a thing you hadn't done—it was very wrong to do so. But I drove you to it. So if you'll forgive me, Anne, I'll forgive you and we'll start square again.. And now get yourself ready for the picnic."

Anne flew up like a rocket.

"Oh, Marilla, isn't it too late?"

"No, it's only two o'clock. They won't be more than well gathered yet and it'll be an hour before they have tea. Wash your face and comb your hair and put on your gingham. I'll fill a basket for you. There's plenty of stuff baked in the house. And I'll get Jerry to hitch up the sorrel and drive you down to the picnic ground."

"Oh, Marilla," exclaimed Anne, flying to the wash-stand. "Five minutes ago I was so miserable I was wishing I'd never been born and now I wouldn't change places with an angel!"

That night a thoroughly happy, completely tired out Anne returned to Green Gables in a state of beatification impossible to describe.

"Oh, Marilla, I've had a perfectly scrumptious time. Scrumptious is a new word I learned to-day. I heard Mary Alice Bell use it. Isn't it very expressive? Everything was lovely. We had a splendid tea and then Mr. Harmon Andrews took us all for a row on the Lake of Shining Waters—six of us at a time. And Jane Andrews nearly fell overboard. She was leaning out to pick water lilies and if Mr. Andrews hadn't caught her by her sash just in the nick of time she'd have fallen in and prob'ly been drowned. I wish it had been me. It would have been such a romantic experience to have been nearly drowned. It would be such a thrilling tale to tell. And we had the ice-cream. Words fail me to describe that ice-cream. Marilla, I assure you it was sublime."

That evening Marilla told the whole story to Matthew over her stocking basket.

"I'm willing to own up that I made a mistake," she concluded candidly, "but I've learned a lesson. I have to laugh when I think of Anne's 'confession,' although I suppose I shouldn't for it really was a falsehood. But it doesn't seem as bad as the other would have been, somehow, and anyhow I'm responsible for it. That child is hard to understand in some respects. But I believe she'll turn out all right yet. And there's one thing certain, no house will ever be dull that she's in."